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Thursday, February 26, 2009
I made cupcakes today to take to a party tomorrow because let's face it -- who doesn't love cupcakes? I won a cupcake cookbook at a Christmas gift exchange thingy last year, and I've been dying to try out some of the recipes. The one I chose is for Strawberry Cheesecake Cupcakes, and it uses white chocolate in the cheesecake-y icing. I like real chocolate, so I made two batches, one following the recipe and one subbing Scharffen Berger 70% bittersweet chocolate for the white chocolate.
Strawberry Cheesecake Cupcakes
from Cupcakes by Susannah Blake
4 T butter, at room temp
5 T sugar
1/2 c self-rising flour
1/2 t pure vanilla extract
2 T milk
3 oz. white chocolate, chopped
3 oz. cream cheese
6 T creme fraiche or sour cream (I used whole milk Greek yogurt, actually)
1 1/2 t vanilla
6 T powdered sugar
Makes 1 doz. big cupcakes, or 2 doz. mini cupcakes.
Preheat the oven to 350 and line muffin pan with paper liners.
Beat the butter and sugar together in a bowl until pale and fluffy, then beat in the egg, a little at a time. Sift the flour into the mixture and fold in, then stir in the vanilla extract and milk.
Spoon the mixture into muffin cups. Bake for about 10 minutes until risen and golden and a toothpick comes out clean. Transfer to a wire rack to cool.
To decorate, check that none of the cupcakes have risen above the rim of the paper liners. If any have, carefully slice off the top using a serrated knife to create a flat surface.
Melt the chocolate in a heatproof bowl set over a saucepan of simmering water or in a microwave, then set aside to cool slightly (make sure the microwave is on low power, or you'll burn the chocolate and it's really gross. Just sayin'). Beat the cream cheese, creme fraiche, vanilla and powdered sugar together in a separate bowl, then beat in the melted chocolate.
Smooth the cream cheese mixture over the cupcakes, up to the rim of the paper liners, then chill for at least 1 1/2 hours until set (the dark chocolate mixture didn't need to set). Decorate with fresh strawberries and serve.